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Old 01-14-2015, 02:48 AM   #1
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55 gallon low tech


I currently have a running 55 gallon thats been up for 3-4 months. It has 1 angelfish, 3 blue gourami, 5 serpae tetras. 6 cory cats 1 upside down cat and 1 Bristlenose pleco. some malaysian trumpet snails and some trap door snails.. I have not had a good run with my plants thus far. I cleaned the dead ones out and Im waiting on thornwort and dwarf sagittaria subulata. I am running a dual t5 HO set up 48". with 1 10000k bulb and 1 colormax bulb. both are 54 watts. I have PFS substrate thats been thoroughly cleansed. and I use seachem root tabs and dose potassium and excel every other day. Any tips to help plant growth with the new plants? Thanks guys! Heres the tank as it stands.
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Old 01-14-2015, 11:16 AM   #2
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A dual T5 HO might be too much light for a 55 gallon low tech causing your plants to run into CO2 limitations. I ran a dual T5 NO on mine for five months with good results using 6700k and 10000k bulbs. Have you been having any algae problems?

Another thought, the ideal spectrum for growing plants is 6700k. I know some use 10000k bulbs but usually only in conjunction with another that is in 6700k spectrum to accompany it. I am unsure if that Colormax bulb is doing anything for your plants at all.
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